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A Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist, with 25 years of abstinence-based recovery. I write about addictions, recovery, life lessons and general writing tips.
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“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction, and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” ― Russell Brand
"Alliteration is a device that many writers employ to create a treasure trove of tried-and-true, bread-and-butter, bigger-and-better, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, do-or-die, footloose-and-fancy-free, larger-than-life, cream-of-the-crop titles." Edwin Newman quoted by Jim Fisher in T...
“Living in a small like living in a large family of rather uncongenial relations. Sometimes it’s fun, and sometimes it’s perfectly awful, but it’s always good for you. People in large towns are like only-children.” ― Joyce Dennys, Henrietta Sees It Through: More ...
“If we experience any failures or setbacks, we do not forget them because they offend our self-esteem. Instead we reflect on them deeply, trying to figure out what went wrong and discern whether there are any patterns to our mistakes.” Robert Greene, Mastery
“And pity--people who inspire it in you are actually very powerful people. To get someone else to take care of you, to feel sorry for you--that takes a lot of strength, smarts, manipulation. Very powerful people.” ― Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming
Meetings for many people are the human connection. However, when traveling, or living in an area that does not have the type of meeting that is beneficial, what can people do to find connections to help support and reinforce their recovery?
“Songs and smells will bring you back to a moment in time more than anything else. It’s amazing how much can be conjured with a few notes of a song or a solitary whiff of a room. A song you didn’t even pay attention to at the time, a place that you didn’t even know had a parti...
“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, and the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.” ― Katharine Hepburn,...
Association is a connection between thoughts and feelings about someone that are projected onto another individual. We are not always aware of doing this, we simply meet someone and either like or dislike them; yet if you think about that, it really makes no sense – we do not know t...
“If you’re an addict, it controls your life and your life becomes uncontrollable. It’s boring and painful, filling your system with something that makes you stare at your shoes for six hours”. James Taylor
While the show must go on, and you are the star, the dialogue, responses and outcomes can change. Recovery gives an opportunity to revisit the stage and act better.
“What happens when people open their hearts?...They get better.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
Shopping for Answers is not like looking for the best deal or most accurate information; it is often a manipulative ploy to get out of using an answer or suggestion. Going, Going, Gone
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have ...
“Don't beat yourself up for not knowing the answers. You don't always have to know who you are. You don't have to have the big picture, or know where you're heading. Sometimes, it's enough just to know what you're going to do next.” ― Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess
“If the wrong reader comes across the words, they will remain just words. But for the right readers, your vision blooms off the page and is absorbed into their minds like smoke, where it will re-form, whole and alive, fully adapted to its new environment.” ― Mary Gaitskill
“One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not be done at all.” ― Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
“Research is something that everyone can do, and everyone ought to do. It is simply collecting information and thinking systematically about it. The word ‘research’ carries overtones of abstruse statistics and complex methods, white coats and computers. Some social research is ...
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” Ernest Hemingway
“It's the stupid questions that have some of the most surprising and interesting answers. Most people never think to ask the stupid questions.” ― Cory Doctorow, For the Win
“I start with an idea that is no more than a paragraph long, and expand it slowly into an outline. But I'm always surprised by the directions things take when I actually start writing.” ~Barry Schwartz
Although several writers recommend, “Killing your darlings”, do you have some paragraphs, titles, or summaries that you cannot abandon? Learn how to replace your darlings and when you cannot kill them, how to salvage the orphaned darlings.
How can sharing another writer’s article help you? How can you improve your social capital and create interest in YOUR writing on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn when you share other writers’ articles? Start using the Network Effect to drive traffic to Wikinut, other excellent writ...
Mother’s Day is fast approaching so receiving gifts, flowers, candy, and cards are excitant pour moi. Even dressing it up in French, I cannot make the large white terry cloth robe exciting. It is not about being ungrateful; it is about my Mom, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, gifts...
A Challenge to the Reader: Just how many clichés can you find in the article? What will you win for getting the correct number and letting me know in a comment? A personal mention in my next article, now how’s that for a hook?
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